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#1 Flawless Calculations

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

The other book thread got archived so it looks like it's gone. Taking initiative here and starting a new one since I just read this great quote from F Scott and wanted to find some nerds to share it with:

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

Love that quote.

What are you reading?
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#2 Depth Leviathan Dweller

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:59 PM

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read steppenwolf whilst camping. im still trying to process that one. heavy novel for how short it is. started 2666 while still out there, good amount of pages into part 2. i had a good chuckle when i opened it and read the first review which ended by stating that bolaño had joined the ranks of the Immortals.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

the wind-up bird chronicle; this could take awhile :sweat:
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

for it’s length it’s a quick read.

plus it’s extremely engrossing, so you will probably finish it much sooner than you expect.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:28 PM

for it’s length it’s a quick read.

plus it’s extremely engrossing, so you will probably finish it much sooner than you expect.

which is surprising
i'm for some reason holding it against survivor, the last book i read (and i don't want to read another chuck p book ever again because that was a pointless exercise to get through).
but yeah i've basically already surpassed that page number in a much shorter amount of time
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:33 PM

Yeah, Wind-Up Bird is a surprisingly quick read, though it's not my favorite book in the world.

I'm not really reading any novels right now because I'm so busy reading shorter works for my classes. The most notable thing I guess is that I'm about to finish Beowulf, which I have actually somehow never read until this point (junior year of college), which is pretty interesting.

Today, however, I read a really interesting short story by Angela Carter called "The Bloody Chamber." It's a retelling/interpretation of "Bluebeard" the fairy tale most famously (I guess) told by the Brothers Grimm. I really can't explain how dark Carter's take on it is, would definitely recommend searching it out if you're into that kind of thing. It's absolutely not for children, of course. There's even an iteration of the word cunt, which seems to be taboo even for the racier authors I've read.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:49 PM

I read that book! :)

Loved that book. Just really good characterization imo. I felt like I could see parts of me in all of the characters, which made it just feel really relevant. I'm definitely more Mitchell than Leonard or Madeline, though, and I imagine the author feels that he is as well. Glad you're enjoying it. :nerd:

Edit: Thinking back on it a bit, I think that one of my favorite things that the book had in it was a pretty fair take on religion and why people are drawn to it. Mitchell does a really good job of occupying a spiritual middle-ground and critiquing all of the viewpoints around him.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:47 AM

So yesterday the first major DFW biography was released. I was planning on going to buy it today, but I just read this article from Rolling Stone that has made me possibly reconsider:

http://www.rollingst...allace-20120827

Apparently all this info comes from the biography and it does not paint a pretty picture (particularly the last bullet point). I have always thought of DFW as a tragic figure, because although I feel like I've learned so much about life from his books--he seems like a guy who has figured shit out on a much greater level than I ever will--life was obviously still too much to bear for him. I'm not sure that I want to read a biography on the guy that basically shows how fucked up the guy I revere as being a moral advisor really is.

The article is a pretty huge bummer in my opinion, but I'm sure the opinion of the board will be that I'm making too much of it/DFW.

Odds are, though, Rolling Stone is being sensationalist and quotemining the book to get pageviews. Maybe actually reading the book will let me walk away with a better feeling than this article does.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:52 AM

i wouldnt let rolling stone sway you too much imo. ive lost faith in them over the years.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:54 AM

So yesterday the first major DFW biography was released. I was planning on going to buy it today, but I just read this article from Rolling Stone that has made me possibly reconsider:

http://www.rollingst...allace-20120827

Apparently all this info comes from the biography and it does not paint a pretty picture (particularly the last bullet point). I have always thought of DFW as a tragic figure, because although I feel like I've learned so much about life from his books--he seems like a guy who has figured shit out on a much greater level than I ever will--life was obviously still too much to bear for him. I'm not sure that I want to read a biography on the guy that basically shows how fucked up the guy I revere as being a moral advisor really is.

The article is a pretty huge bummer in my opinion, but I'm sure the opinion of the board will be that I'm making too much of it/DFW.

Odds are, though, Rolling Stone is being sensationalist and quotemining the book to get pageviews. Maybe actually reading the book will let me walk away with a better feeling than this article does.

I saw that this was coming out. I think I'm probably going to read it but something I read a blurb on it in the Times that made it sound like it wouldn't really be too terribly interesting for a nerd like me who has read everything there is to read about him. There was also a chunk in that Times article that talked about his political leanings and it seems like they completely misinterpreted his piece on the McCain campaign. I can't remember if this was the biography author's point or the Times article author's point, but it made me wonder if the book was really going to be good at all if they can't even understand the work of the person that they're making a biography of.

Still, I can't not read it. I'm compelled.

Edit: Also, re: your problems w/the last bullet point. This is from a Franzen essay:

I will pass over the question of diagnosis (it’s possible he was not simply depressive) and the question of how such a beautiful human being had come by such vividly intimate knowledge of the thoughts of hideous men.

Presumably, Franzen's accusing DFW of being one of the womanizing hideous men.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:54 AM

i wouldnt let rolling stone sway you too much imo. ive lost faith in them over the years.

Tiabbi rules. I don't read anything else in RS, but that guy really speaks my language.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:58 AM

what articles does he do again? mi madre gets em, and ill peruse here and there. im not one for politics these days though.


phew, part 3 in 2666 is a doozy. lovin the flow of Fate. that boy needs to take some more pepto bismol. and wut wut, hometown namedrop, livin up to its old murder capital of the world moniker.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:00 AM

what articles does he do again? mi madre gets em, and ill peruse here and there. im not one for politics these days though.


phew, part 3 in 2666 is a doozy. lovin the flow of Fate. that boy needs to take some more pepto bismol. and wut wut, hometown namedrop, livin up to its old murder capital of the world moniker.

He does the political articles. Lots of shit on the occupy movement, lately.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

i do get a kick out of that whats hot chart. yea, he does seem pretty on it from the little i read. mayhaps ill take a closer look at his stuff from now on, danke schoen
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 10:34 AM

haha dfw was a pig. how's hell?


knut hamsun gave his nobel prize to goebbels but at least he didn't wear a fucking bandana. loser.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:29 PM

haha dfw was a pig. how's hell?


knut hamsun gave his nobel prize to goebbels but at least he didn't wear a fucking bandana. loser.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:33 PM

Reading Samuel Beckett's "Murphy". His tragic, dark characters are very comic. Hard to follow the classical references at times.

I remember reading "Waiting for Godot" in one night in high school. Haven't read anything else by him until now. But I have always enjoyed the trivial fact that he is the Nobel laureate to have played first-class cricket.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:09 AM

he was prop more proud of his cricket game than he was of winning the stupid Nobel thing

also Murphy is one of the funniest novels ever.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:42 PM

I really need to get around to reading some Becket. Need to get around to reading more drama in general.

I bought that DFW bio, for what it's worth.
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:32 AM

prob a good idea not to sancitify an artist unless he is Beckett.

Kafka had a porn stash, some girl on girl, and erm some animal stuff apparently?
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